Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation Thursday gave the public an idea of how the proposed stretch of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville could look.
Monroe and Morgan County residents came out to INDOT’s presentation at the Monroe County Fairgrounds to see how the interstate’s design could affect them. Bloomington Real Estate Agent Jason Millican says many of his clients have been asking about the proposed plans.
“Businesses are very concerned on the interchanges obviously, because if they don’t get a good interchange, it could affect their business. People who own their houses are concerned with their house values obviously because if it’s too close to an interstate it could be a tough time to sell,” he says.
Millican says while some of his clients look forward to ease of access to the road, others are worried about losing land and wildlife habitat.
INDOT Spokesman Will Wingfield says Thursday’s meeting was one chance for the public to weigh in on the proposed plans, but there’s still time to voice an opinion.
“There are things that people who live along the road know better than anyone else, and we want to hear that information so that we can do the best environmental document, and then the best design we possibly can,” he says.
At the meeting, both curious residents and vocal road opponents considered large printouts of the proposed plans. I-69 officially opened from Evansville to Crane last month, but a spokesman from the Hoosier Environmental Council says the group is still working to prevent any further construction on the interstate.
People who still want to give input into the highway can do so at the I-69 project office, on west Bloomfield Road in Bloomington.